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Understanding what is real and what is not about splitting up

Couples in California whose marriage is ending need to understand the difference between the reality of divorce and the myths that often result in more tension. Understanding these differences is important as they begin the divorce process and life post-split up.

The end of a marriage means that many things will change. This can include their standard of living, where they live and how often they see their children. However, something that might not change are the arguments that led to the divorce. Some people think that a divorce can ease the arguments and tension, but in some cases, these continue to happen as both move into their life post-divorce. Similarly, each person in the couple should accept their responsibility in their breakup, as usually there is some degree of fault in both people in a couple. Not doing this can lead to divorce if they remarry, as the person never took the time to accept the reality of what went wrong and their role in it.

Other mistaken beliefs that some people have to face are the idea that mothers always get custody of the children and that wives always get alimony. As family dynamics continue to shift, in many families the father is now the primary caretaker and many courts will award custody to the father in order to minimize the changes in the children's lives. Similarly, in many families, the wives earn more than their husbands, so alimony is granted to the husband who earned less or was staying at home taking care of the children.

The process of divorce brings many questions that need to be answered as part of moving on. California residents who are in similar situations with questions about the division of assets, child custody, alimony or the like may benefit from the assistance of a lawyer with family law experience.

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